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Grammar in Summaries

 
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rj



Joined: 26 May 2009
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PostPosted: Tue May 26, 2009 4:15 pm    Post subject: Grammar in Summaries Reply with quote

Dear All,

I need some expert opinions on grammar issues in relation to summaries.
A text book states in writing summaries one only has to use the present tense. Sure, this goes for facts, and all the other grammar rules in relation to
this tense. But what if a text is written in the past?? Should then not the summary be in the past??? IE - "Mr X was at Death Row in 1998 - a lot of students were sure that Mr X did not kill anyone and proved that he was innocent. Luckily he was released in 2000. "I feel that it is grammatically incorrect to write such a summary in the present, especially because this time
is over, and all actions are "finished" actions. I should appreciate some
expertise on this.

Thanking you in advance
RJ
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